The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997 - Psychology - 271 pages
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At first it appears that nothing could be easier than seeing. We just focus our eyes and take in whatever is before us. This ability seems detached, efficient and rational - as if the eyes were competent machines telling us everything about the world without distorting it in any way. But those ideas are just illusions, James Elkins argues, and he suggests that seeing is undependable, inconsistent and cauthg up in the threads of the unconscious. Blindness is not the opposite of vision, but its constant companion, and even the foundation of seeing itself. Using drawings, paintings, diagrams and photographs to illustrate his points, Elkins raises intriguing questions and offers astonishing perceptions about the nature of vision.
 

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I'm glad I read The Object Stares Back. It's beautifully but densely written and I confess I didn't work as hard at understanding the book as it merited. I decided to read it with the attitude that if ... Read full review

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I'm glad I read The Object Stares Back. It's beautifully but densely written and I confess I didn't work as hard at understanding the book as it merited. I decided to read it with the attitude that if ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
One Just Looking
17
Two The Object Stares Back
46
Three LOOKING AWAY AND SEEING
86
Four Seeing Bodies
125
Five What Is a Face?
160
Six Blindness
201
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